Linda Rodin is a stylist, fashion icon and businesswoman. She’s stylish, intelligent, 65, and has spoken to US online mag Into the Gloss about going grey, starting a business in her 50s and not using fillers.
Here are some of our favourite snippets from the frank and refreshing interview.
(And, seriously, that poodle? We’re in love!)
ITG: When did you start going gray?
LR: I had a few white hairs here and there by the time I was 35. At that time, I was also hennaing my hair and the white ones looked pink! After a while, I just started letting it go that way. It came in very gradually but evenly. I was lucky. And I never associated it with being old.
ITG: Did your style change once your hair started changing?
LR: No, not at all because it never occurred to me to be like ‘Oh now my hair is grey, I had better adapt to that.’
Rodin also denies having regrets about the so-called fashion faux pas of the 70s and 80s.
“I think I looked pretty good,” she says when asked if she has photos of herself wearing “regrettable makeup”.
She also makes mistakes. She confesses to trying fillers but then realising “it didn’t look right. And I couldn’t keep it up. I felt like I was morphing into someone else.”
ITG: It’s nice that you’re so open about it.
LR: Oh absolutely! It was very well done and very subtle. I don’t think anyone would have ever noticed. I was very conservative about it and had a good doctor, but one day I just said ‘I don’t think I want to do this anymore.’ It starts to end up looking a little spackled together.
Rodin started a new business in her 50s making essential oil products for the face, hair and body, which has just been sold to Estee Lauder. She has previously compared her products to homemade olive oil, and says the point of her products is not to look younger, but simply to make people feel great naturally.
“I don’t make any false claims—I never say it’s age-defying, wrinkle-breaking…I think scientific products do work, but I don’t know anything about that, and I would never do that.”
Instead, she says her product “just makes your skin the best it can be naturally. When you put it on, in French it’s called ‘bien-être’ which means a sense of well-being. It feels good, it smells good and you feel kind of dewy. Not greasy, not shiny, just kind of alive.”
And her final words were perhaps the most refreshing of all.
ITG: What’s the best thing now that you’re older that you don’t have to worry about?
LR: I think one does feel more liberated and independent when one gets older. More honest and open with yourself and others. But you still have insecurities—they’re different, but they don’t totally go away. But you reach a point and say ‘That’s OK.’ In the end, nobody’s perfect, and we’re all doing the best we can.